Culture, technologies and democracy : A cross-national analysis of political development

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-375
Journal / PublicationTelematics and Informatics
Issue number3
Online published6 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


Communication technologies have been hailed as having a potential to promote democracy and freedom, and this paper aims to examine these claims in a comparative, international context. Our analysis focuses on the mediating role of horizontal communication networks (i.e.; telephone, mobile telephone and the Internet) in the relationship between culture and political development. Using cultural value indicators of the World Values Survey and the measures of communication technology development, this study tests the mediating path from culture to communication technologies and to political development. The results suggest that cultural values have a role in shaping the structural characteristics of horizontal networks such as accessibility and decentralization, and that these features of horizontal networks are positively related to institutional and effective democracy as well as to economic competitiveness of nations. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Communication network, Cultural values, Democracy, Horizontal media, Internet